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Summer that's a stunner for kids

BURNING OFF THE ENERGY: Flynn Cochrane, left and Jackson Meecham, both 11, play a game of basketball at an outdoor court in West Auckland.

Forget about holiday activities, trying blowing your kids' minds this summer.

Little Kat's remarkable adventure

WELL-TRAVELLED: Kat Schurmann on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in 1998.

New Zealand-born Kat Schurmann was just 13 when she died in Brazil of HIV/Aids. Her story is now becoming a film.

Same-sex unions outdo civil ones

IN LOVE: Samantha King, left, and Chels Dale celebrate their engagement.

Female couples are leading the rush to tie the knot following the legalising of same-sex marriage.

Fish and chips take a battering

OUT OF FAVOUR?: Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

10 ways with Christmas leftovers

REINVENTED: Left over pavlova - if there is such a thing! - can be used to make Eton mess.

Always left with mountains of ham, salmon and bread after Christmas? Make the most of your leftovers with these great tips.

Cops help deliver baby on train video

Baby born on Philadelphia train

Jesus may have been born in a barn but this Christmas baby has a way better story to tell.

Charity mission also journey of growth

Palmerston North dietitian Jasmine Ong has returned from a trip to China's Fujian province where she worked at a Chinese orphanage.

Jasmine Ong helped with day-to-day activities at a foster home in Fuzhou city called Our Hidden Treasure.

Will a holiday affect your fitness?

GOOD NEWS: You can usually retain the benefits of resistance training even after two or three weeks off.

Will a holiday from running, cycling, lifting or CrossFit training make it harder to pick up the same pace again?

Agents charging by the hour

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A Christchurch real estate agent is offering an alternative to sellers fed up with paying percentage commission.

Unfamiliar Christmas for expats

FIRST KIWI CHRISTMAS: Canadians Kellen Gilstorm, right, and Graydon Culver, left, swapped snow for guacamole.

For many used to taking advantage of snow, sun and no turkey was an odd way to spend the big day.

The secret dress trick that makes celebrities look thinner

CURVES: Kim Kardashian mastered the fitted look this year.

The rule that says big girls should wear baggy clothes is a fashion myth that needs to be thrown away.

Warehouse Boxing Day sale delayed

The Warehouse has lifted its image.

Technical fault thwarts shoppers eager to get an early online Boxing Day bargain from The Warehouse.

2014's biggest hair and make-up moments

STRIKING: Rihanna's green-lipped look at the iHeartRadio awards was pretty memorable.

It has been a big year for experimentation in the hair and make-up department for celebrities.

Trolley shortage and fainting shoppers

Abhishek and Jaya Gautam took advantage of the Boxing Day sales at Briscoes in Lyall Bay, Wellington to furnish their house.

New Zealand is in the grip of Boxing Day madness with reports of fainting in stores and overcrowding at the malls.

Fire up your festive chatter

Nothing in common?: Fret not, there are plenty of ways to spark conversation with even the kookiest of kin.

If you're feeling lost for words after a whirl of Christmas parties and family gatherings, try these conversation starters.

Off-loading unwanted Christmas presents

Raunchy Santa outfits were not, it turns out, popular Christmas gifts this year.

Raunchy Santa outfits were not, it turns out, popular Christmas gifts this year.

Best & worst dressed of the year gallery


21 stunners and 14 sheer shockers from the past 12 months of red carpet action.

Tigers take first steps video

Twin set: Zoo officials are pleased by the Sumatran tiger cubs'€™ progress

Hamilton Zoo's two little Sumatran tiger cubs are a holiday gift to the region.

China uni bans Christmas

NOT WELCOME: Santa and all his Christmas shenanigans have been banned from China's Modern College of Northwest University.

A university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a "kitsch" foreign celebration.

How militaries tracked Santa video

Santa dashes back to his sleigh outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank at the spot many pilgrims believe Jesus was born.

Still questioning whether Santa Claus really exists? What better proof do you need than this?

Pressies stolen from under tree

Gold, silver, blue and copper was the colour scheme for the dramatic Christmas tree in the family room; behind it garland twined with fairy lights decorates the stairs to the master bedroom

Festive cheer is alive and well in Ngaruawahia where people have rallied to help a family burgled of their Christmas presents from under the tree.

How to make strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santas are a cute edition to Christmas.

Strawberries are delicious right now, and Santa is definitely in season. Combine the two for a cute Santa.

Up-to-date Christmas cracker jokes

PULL: This year, there's no need to snap over your Christmas cracker joke.

Dom Knight's saving your Xmas lunch with these topical, 2014-related Christmas cracker gags.

Last Christmas with mum

Lisa Stewart is spending her last Christmas with her boys, Riley and Charlie, left.

Lisa Stewart and Josh Baker are desperately gathering memories for their sons, as they prepare to celebrate what is set to be their last Christmas together.

Celebrating Xmas far from NZ

Chief of Army Major General Dave Gawn (centre) helps pack boxes with Mount Cook School students.

Kiwi peacekeeper will enjoy a barbecue and some backyard cricket this Christmas in Sinai.

Still need to buy presents?

Wealthy "secret Santas" are popping up across the US.

There are limited options for people looking to buy presents on Christmas Day.

How to overcome sexual hang-ups

DON'T PANIC: Feeling self-conscious about the way your body looks is a hang-up that affects all genders.

Sexual hang-ups are common but if you leave them unchecked, they can affect your sex life.

6 most Googled beauty questions in 2014

Looking good: We're still seeking answers to our biggest beauty dilemmas online.

When life gives you a beauty question, just ask Google.

Christmas cheer can come a cropper

Tripping over toys is one of the common injury complaints made at Christmas time.

More than 10,000 Kiwis injured while celebrating last year, with a present to blame in 19 cases.

An empty seat at the table

Peter Maxfield and Sandra Maxfield at their home in Stoke. The couple spent 25 years organising the Mayor’s Christmas Dinner but stopped after their daughter Claire Morgan died of cancer in August this year.

Couple used to cook lunch for 200, but have hung up their aprons ahead of first Christmas since daughter's death.

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